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Singapore government denies interference in Malaysia’s domestic politics

Posted by temasektimes on June 23, 2012

The Singapore government has responded to allegations in the Malaysian media that it is interfering in Malaysian politics following reports of Singapore officials being involved in the recent Bersih 3.0 protests which rocked Kuala Lumpur and that some Malaysian youths were being trained in Singapore as polling and counting agents for the upcoming Malaysian general election.

In a statement released to the press, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said its officers were present at the Bersih 3.0 rally as impartial observers.

“The officers were present at the rally as part of their normal professional diplomatic duties. They also did not wear yellow to avoid being mistaken as rally participants,” a spokesperson said.

He reiterated that these are normal functions for a diplomat and expressed surprise that Singapore is being singled out when other foreign diplomats in KL were also observing the rally.

 

5 Responses to “Singapore government denies interference in Malaysia’s domestic politics”

  1. bernard tan said

    if an indonesian political party can set up a ‘chapter’ in kl, why can’t our diplomats just observe the rally? Maybe pap should set up a chapter in kl too…….

  2. Compatriot said

    Understandably and undoubtedly besides Singapore,other foreign diplomatic personnel were monitoring the recent Malaysia Bersih 3.0 campaigns, …..

    There begs a question, …”But WHY WAS SINGAPORE SINGLED OUT” when there is no reason or rhyme if its fingers was not caught in the pie

    The PAP government is typically and undoubtedly known to censored sensational news and short-changed Singaporeans

    Perhaps there is amiss, …..

  3. George said

    Our government should ask the KL authorities how was the involment done by our overseas based diplomat ? Standing on the side line and observing Bersih 3.0 is concluded as interference ? From my understanding thru my relatives in Malaysia, the crowd at the Bersih 3.0 was huge. I guess that is the only reason the KL authorities are not happy. I am pretty sure our diplomats did nothing except watching the free show which they will never in their life time see it in Singapore.

    • DIY said

      MHA replied “The officers were present at the rally as part of their normal professional diplomatic duties. They also did not wear yellow to avoid being mistaken as rally participants”. There is nothing to argue about.

      When a country established diplomatic ties with another country they must monitor the political development in the host country. Otherwise all the trade agreements will go haywire when there is a change of government leaders.

      I remember a political incident in 1984 when a flurry of foreign diplomats questioned the integrity of the Malaysian government.

      Dr MM had suffered a blow when Tengku Razali challenged Dr MM for the UMNO presidency and lost with a slim majority of 41 votes. Ku Li brought the case to High Court. He claimed that there were phantom voters in the party’s election.

      Magistrate Datuk Hashim declared UMNO an illegal society. Just imagine UMNO has not been registered as political society since independence.

      Dr MM retrospectively registered as UMNO Baru.

      The current spat of protest orchestrated by Ibrahim Ali is just a diversionary tactics. He is just a ‘runner’. With due respect to Perkasa, the NGO is intimidating ala O$P$ of a political ‘loan shark’.

  4. jac said

    You scratch my back, I scratch yours. Opine this is the same old orchestrated pre-election ploy. People …. don’t get smoked and get distracted. Don’t let politicians screw you with this wayang.

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